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News January 2016

Lovell to build £100m Cardiff urban village The £100m urban village scheme is being developed by Tirion, a not-forprofit organisation, initially created through a partnership between the Welsh Government and Principality Building Society. Up to 1,000 jobs will be created during construction at the 53-acre former Arjo Wiggins Paper Mill site, in Canton, to the west of the city centre. Work is just beginning on infrastructure for the scheme with building of homes to start in the Autumn. The first phase of The Mill development will create 358 homes for open market sale by Lovell and 102 homes for Tirion which will be for discounted rent, open market rent and social rent.

An additional 340 homes for Tirion will be built in further phases as well as a neighbourhood centre with shopping and community facilities. David Ward, chief executive of the Tirion Group, said: “This is a ground-breaking project which promises to be a blueprint for similar high-quality communities across the country.

Lovell managing director Stewart Davenport said the firm plans “The fact that both open market and to work with the Construction affordable homes are all being built Industry Training Board to establish a Cardiff-based National Skills by the same partner means we will Academy programme which will achieve a consistent high quality across the whole development with deliver apprenticeships and training no distinction between the different placements for local people through The Mill scheme. parts.”

UK-GBC launches building performance research project The UK Green Building Council is launching a new research project examining the way industry currently designs, constructs and operates non-domestic buildings. Examining industry approaches, tools and behaviours, the group will focus on how to maximise building performance, not just in energy terms, but also other aspects of performance that impact both the building user and the wider environment. The research team will work with UK-GBC members to explore what companies are already doing to address the issue of building performance, seek out best practice, and to identify gaps and barriers that need to be overcome across the whole industry. The Delivering Building Performance project is sponsored by BuroHappold, Saint-Gobain and Tarmac Group. Julie Hirigoyen, CEO of the UK-GBC said: “I am delighted that UK-GBC members are supporting this important piece of work. Huge cost, carbon and productivity benefits can be gained through a closer focus on the performance of buildings as we design, construct and operate them. Following the

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COP21 deal, this is just one of the ways in which the UK industry is showing its leadership and ambition.” Duncan Price, director, sustainability at BuroHappold, said: “Leading clients are looking beyond compliance to realising the multiple benefits of building performance including improved productivity, lower running costs and reduced environmental impact. This collaborative research will guide us all in how to achieve those benefits.” Mark Allen, technical director, Saint-Gobain UK, said: “We occupy buildings for a considerable portion of time, which contributes significantly towards the climate change agenda and the wider health, wellbeing and productivity in buildings. Following the sponsorship of COP21, our work with the task group further demonstrates our commitment to a sustainable habitat for future generations. If we are to deliver a truly sustainable future, the industry must collaborate and share expertise to find robust

solutions that enhance our habitat and our daily lives.” Emma Hines, sustainable construction manager, Tarmac, said: “We support the aims and ambitions of the task group as it seeks to develop a deeper understanding of how better building performance can be delivered. The research provides an opportunity to explore the actions needed to address the performance gap, and highlights the importance of whole life thinking in designing sustainability into the envelope of a structure to deliver long term benefits.”

Construction Update January 2016  
Construction Update January 2016